Happy 2016 everyone! I'm starting off the new year with a new historical western romance series. Letters of Fate.
Since my new series has to do with letters here is a bit of postage history info:
Rates were based on weight and whether it was a “single letter,” defined as consisting of one sheet of paper until July 1, 1845, and thereafter as weighing ½ ounce or less, regardless of the number of sheets. “Double letters” were charged double.
June 1, 1792
The distance dictated how much you paid for a letter.
not over 30 miles $0.06
over 30 and not exceeding 60 miles $ 0.08
over 60 and not exceeding 100 miles $0.10
over 100 and not exceeding 150 miles $0.12 1/2
over 150 and not exceeding 200 miles $0.15
over 200 and not exceeding 250 miles $0.17
over 250 and not exceeding 350 miles $0.20
over 350 and not exceeding 450 miles $0.22
over 450 miles $0.25
By July 1885 they made the payment process easier:
not over 3,000 miles -- $0.03 if prepaid, $0.05 if not prepaid
over 3,000 miles -- $0.06 if prepaid, $0.10 if not prepaid
The post office charged 2cents for the first ounce of a letter in July 1885 until Nov. 1917
Fun post office Facts:
Davis: Letters of Fate released on Friday. Here is the blurb.
Widowed with two small children and a ranch to run, Mariella Swanson knows she needs help, but isn’t sure her heart, or neighbors, will accept her marrying a stranger. When the greenhorn shows up, smoking a pipe and wearing a derby hat, she can’t help but wonder if agreeing to this marriage may prove to be her biggest mistake.
When Davis Weston receives a letter from his sister asking him to marry a friend, he scoffs at the idea. However, losing his wife and son has left him a lonely man, and the whispers from others that he didn’t do enough to save his family has gone on long enough. His arrival in Oregon may be worse—these neighbors are doing more than whispering. Guns and horses aren’t his forte. He’s willing to learn, but is he willing to love again?
Historical western filled with steamy romance and the rawness of a growing country.
Windtree press http://windtreepress.com/portfolio/davis/
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